Monday, August 05, 2013

The NYT sells the Globe at a 93% loss, the irrepressible Damian Thompson, and homosexualist state-enforced unreality

  • Newspaper death watch: New York Times sells Boston Globe at 93% loss. Na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.
  • Damian Thompson Q&A. Anybody a Church of England paper called a blood-crazed ferret (he’s Catholic) is worth reading.
  • From Hilary: I think not a lot of the people who think they’re atheists really are.
  • From Mark Shea: Christian democracy has to live in tension between our dignity and our fallenness. Ideology is the attempt to reduce reality to some All-Explaining Theory of Everything. Catholic faith, in contrast, is the assertion of a few truths, coupled with a huge openness to Mystery.
  • From incarnatus est, a pastor with our Missouri Synod Lutheran cousins: Time and again, the assumption among Christian leaders, and evangelical leaders in particular, is that the key to drawing twenty-somethings back to church is simply to make a few style updates — edgier music, more casual services, a coffee shop in the fellowship hall, a pastor who wears skinny jeans, an updated Web site that includes online giving. But here’s the thing: Having been advertised to our whole lives, we millennials have highly sensitive BS meters, and we’re not easily impressed with consumerism or performances. In fact, I would argue that church-as-performance is just one more thing driving us away from the church, and evangelicalism in particular. Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high-church traditions — Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Episcopal Church, etc. — precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being “cool,” and we find that refreshingly authentic. World Youth Day is naff. The 25-year-olds I work with would laugh a church worker trying to be cool out of the room. Episcopal? Yes, but few. They’re liberal high church, neither the unbelieving old liberal Protestants nor Catholic liberals, who are low-church. Part of the same trend as Pope Benedict’s conservative revival and the Orthodox convert boomlet. They believe the creeds and more or less what we do about the sacraments, and they love my trad liturgy and theirs. They may mean well but they’re really part of the Cathedral pretending to be us (as Erastians turned Protestants they always were; naturally they want to be the new world order’s established church): trying to be charitable and just, they hold modernity on women and homosexuality to be self-evident truth. Fallible, fungible church. And just like with the rest of mainline Protestantism, the modern West, most of the rest of the Cathedral, has outgrown it.
  • From LRC: America already has gone to Hell in a handbasket, and it’s only getting worse by the day. Most Americans are in denial about how totalitarian and self-servingly corporatist this whole society is becoming. But, if you just look around you, and consider the everyday assaults on innocents by government police, the federal bureaucrats’ illicit “war on terror” and the drug war, the bureaucratization of just about everything, the Obama-Pelosi-John Roberts Unaffordable Careless Act … it’s a never-ending Hell, and worse.
  • From RR: The mainstream GOP’s phony libertarianism again. They put that on when they’re out of power. They aren’t really conservative populists either. They fooled me with George W. Bush in 2000. Now that Ron Paul’s retired I’ll never vote for them nationally again. Third party or stay home.
  • Government unreality watch: homosexualists now call the shots. I’m old enough to have grown up when secular culture was meaner to homosexuals than were conservative Christians, who offered charity but not approval, sensibly (‘they have a problem’). An about-face led by an apostate Christian elite trying to be nice.
  • From Takimag: Craven submission to group pressure. Here the cultural Marxists distort the Christian virtue of humility along with charity.
  • From Tea at Trianon: Edward Snowden. The real concern here is the fate of the Internet and a potential coming conflict over how it will be used as a tool, not of free information, but of social control by a hostile state.
  • Nobody asked me, but Riley Cooper shouldn’t be punished at work or by the law for saying something rude outside of work.


  1. "it’s a never ending Hell, and worse."

    I sometimes wonder if I am living in the same country as people who write like this.

    Yes, of course, there are deep dysfunctions in American society and government. One needn't read beyond St. Augustine to understand that such things are universally characteristic of all manifestations of the "earthly city."

    So of course there are problems and abuses and corruption and injustices, and, as Christians, we are called to remedy those things as best we can. But, honestly, from any historical perspective, can life in the United States in the 21st century really be called "living in hell"?

    I reject both the idea of automatic progress and the strange notion of "American exceptionalism" that insists on calling this country "the greatest in the world." To me, those things are just silly. Every age and every civilization has its strengths and weaknesses, its burdens and its compensations for such burdens. But the world of internet commenting seems to have made us hysterical in our judgments.

    I hope never to find out how bad hell is. But I don't imagine it to be comparable to the lives of "quiet desparation" that most of us lead, trying to do what God has called us to do, and to bear what God has called us to bear, whatever the age or place.

  2. Thank you for the link to Tea at Trianon!


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